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Vermont Yankee still casts shadow over region’s future

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 6:44am -- Anonymous

by Bruce Edwards Vermont Business Magazine At the center of the Vermont Yankee story is Vernon, a town of 2,200 at the very southeastern part of the state. The nuclear power plant buoyed the local economy and the town’s tax base for decades until the plant ceased operation in December 2014. When it was operating Vermont Yankee at its peak had more than 600 employees who earned an annual wage of $105,000, according to a 2014 study by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.

EPA grants help return blighted properties to productive reuse

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 5:49am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that six Vermont communities are among 144 communities across the United States to benefit from EPA funding for brownfield site revitalization efforts. The Vermont organizations include the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Northeastern VT Development Association, Town of Springfield and Vermont River Conservancy.

EPA intends to award Brownfields grants to the following groups for work in Vermont:

Entergy reports increase in 1Q 2018 earnings

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 3:02am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today reported first quarter 2018 earnings per share of 73 cents on an as-reported basis and $1.16 on an operational basis. These results reflect the lower federal income tax rate, favorable weather of 9 cents and a loss of (4) cents from the implementation of ASU No. 2016-01, which now requires the mark-to-market of equity investments in the nuclear decommissioning trust funds at EWC. Entergy is waiting on regulators to approve its intended sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

Celebrating Arbor Day by planting trees

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 2:53am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine This week marks the beginning of the Intervale Center’s eighth annual spring tree planting campaign. Just in time for Arbor Day (April 27) and Mother’s Day (May 13), community members can help support the Center’s social enterprise, the Intervale Conservation Nursery, as we plant over 20,000 native trees and shrubs along rivers and streams in Vermont. 

House fails to override veto of S103, toxic materials bill

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 5:29pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine The House effort to override Governor Phil Scott’s veto of S103, a bill that protects children and drinking water supplies from toxic chemicals, fell short today, as expected. The House voted 94-53 to override the veto. However, under the Vermont Constitution, two-thirds of House Members are needed to override a veto, or 100 members of the full House. The governor vetoed S103 Monday, March 16. The Senate quickly overrode Scott’s veto, March 19, in a 22-8 vote.

PAI: Raising property taxes won’t lower property taxes

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 4:46pm -- Anonymous

by Jack Hoffman Public Assets Institute The Legislature is again considering using the property tax as a deterrent against high spending in Vermont schools. Currently, school tax rates go up proportionally with per-pupil spending increases. The bill recently passed by the House would change the education funding system so that tax rates would rise faster than spending increases as a disincentive to higher spending.

Governor Scott to speak at Johnson State College commencement May 19

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:34pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott will speak May 19 at Johnson State College’s 151st commencement, at which about 310 associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are expected to be conferred. The 11 am ceremony will be on the college’s South Lawn. Tent seating for the ticketed ceremony will be reserved for graduating students, their guests, and those involved in the commencement. Other guests may watch the ceremony from the lawn, as it is simulcast at the Dibden Center for the Arts on campus, or online at Gates will open at 9 am, and parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ledyard Financial reports record quarterly earnings in 1Q18

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:29pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Ledyard Financial Group, Inc (ticker symbol LFGP), the holding company for Ledyard National Bank, today reported record quarterly earnings for the first quarter of 2018. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2018, was $1,207,304 or $0.39 per share compared to $1,006,669 or $0.33 per share for the same period in 2017, an increase of $200,635.

Vermont student advances to Poetry Out Loud national finals tonight

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:12pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Nine student finalists representing high schools from Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Nebraska, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Vermont match their skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry in a contest for the title of 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award.Poetry Out Loud is a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the state arts agencies.

CLF gives Vermont a D+ for Lake Champlain clean-up efforts

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:20pm -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Conservation Law Foundation released its Lake Champlain Report Card Tuesday, giving the State of Vermont a D+ for its ongoing clean-up efforts. The report card comes after the EPA gave Vermont a provisional pass for its work on the lake. According to the CLF, the near-failing grade is the result of a consistent pattern of missed deadlines, weak treatment standards and a lack of investment in clean-up programs. CLF is pushing legislation that would commit to long-term funding for clean water (Bill S.260).

Champlain College Online partners with athenahealth

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 10:21am -- Anonymous

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Online, one of the nation’s most innovative nonprofit colleges, today announced that athenahealth, a leading provider of network-enabled services for hospital and ambulatory clients nationwide, has joined Champlain’s truED Alliance Program. Based on this partnership, athenahealth’s team of more than 4,000 US-based staff members will have affordable access to over 60 degree and certificate programs offered by the regionally accredited online college, allowing them to advance their knowledge and skill sets, and ultimately fulfill the company’s mission of delivering better healthcare for all.